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Millions of reasons to go green
Thursday 11th October, 2012

Businesses across Wigan borough have saved millions of pounds after signing the Environmental Business Pledge.

The free scheme has helped local firms make £3.7million worth of cost savings, saved 30,000 cubic metres of water and diverted 41,000 tonnes of materials from landfill.

The Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award scheme developed by Manchester City Council, and delivered by Wigan Council in partnership with Groundwork. It was launched in October 2011. The aim is to help businesses in Wigan to improve their environmental performance while also saving money.

Cllr David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for regeneration, says: “We’re delighted with the achievements of this scheme over these last twelve months. There’s so much potential out there for companies to improve their environmental performance and save money. These savings can often be significant bringing benefits such as business growth, job creation, greater competitiveness and much more.

“The scheme has attracted interest from a vast range of local companies. I would encourage all businesses in the borough to consider it.”

To find out more about the Environmental Business Pledge, visit the website at www.wigan.gov.uk/environmentalbusinesspledge Council officers will be handing out advice at the Wigan Business Expo tomorrow (Friday 12th October).

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